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Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

Owl curry, adder with butter and stir-fried craneflies! Meet the man who has survived on a diet of ROADKILL for 30 years






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Rat stir fries and owl curries hardly sound like the stuff you would serve your friends for dinner.
But surprisingly, Jonathan McGowan's exotic roadkill dishes are a big hit with his guests.

The 44-year-old bachelor has lived on a diet of roadkill for the past 30 years to avoid buying meat from the supermarket.
He has shunned pre-packaged meats and instead dined on mice, moles, hedgehogs, pigeons, crows and gulls.
The taxidermist from Bournemouth, Dorset, never kills the animals himself but eats only what he finds at the roadside or in woodland.
Mr McGowan first got a taste for roadkill at the age of 14 when he cooked a dead adder that he had found.
He said: 'The adder didn't actually taste very nice - a bit like bacon rind. But it had piqued my curiosity and I wondered what else I could eat and what it would taste like.'
After leaving sixth form college he lived alone and turned to roadkill to save some money on his weekly food bills.
He said: 'From a young age I was always interested in natural history and being brought up amongst the farming, hunting and shooting communities of the Dorset countryside meant I was right in the middle of everything.
'Everywhere I looked there were dead animals; fish that had been caught, pheasants that had been shot and animals that had been run over in the road so naturally I became drawn to nature and how it worked.
'I used to cut up dead animals to see their insides and when I did all I could see was fresh, organic meat, better than the kind I had seen in the supermarkets. So I never saw a problem with cooking and eating it.'

Mr McGowan insisted it was better to eat roadkill than meat from shops because of the way it is produced.
He said: 'I guess at the age of 14 I just wanted to be different. But even then I understood that what I was doing was better than eating meat in the shops because of how it was produced.
'There was a broiler production unit close to where I was living where there was always three layers of chickens - a dead, rotting layer at the bottom, a squashed layer in the middle and a layer at the top where they could barely move.

I saw how dirty farm animals were and how unhealthy they were. I was also used to going to the cattle market where the treatment of the animals by the farmers was grotesque. I wasn't happy about what I saw at all.'
Mr McGowan, who gives presentations in schools and colleges, has long extolled the virtues of his diet to friends who have been surprisingly open to the idea of roadkill dinner parties.
His owl curries are often popular, as are his rat stir fries.

Another speciality is pan-fried craneflies, served with olive oil, celery and raisins.
Mr McGowan said: 'It's a bit like a Waldorf salad, only with daddy-long-legs. I don't eat the legs though, that would be weird.
'My friends all think it is great, especially if they get to try some. Fox is often a favourite too, as is rabbit.
'They can see it's good meat and that it's healthy eating, although I think a lot of them are put off the idea of picking up dead animals themselves and having to prepare them.
'It's not something everyone can do. I have grown up around nature and know just by looking how an animal has died and how long it has been there.
'I am careful, obviously, not to eat anything that I don't think is fresh and if I don't know how an animal has died I will perform an autopsy on it first.
'I found a raven recently that had been poisoned, probably with strychnine, and that is something that other people would probably not think to look out for.
'I do have to be careful, but I have never been sick from anything I have ever eaten.'





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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

Good for him, it aint died from disease so it's good meat. If he doesn't eat it other animals will or it goes to waste.
I watched a programme once on a guy that eats roadkill.

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

That shit takes passion!

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

Love his passion but those pics look fowl.

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

He is welcome to it.

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

In 1966, the Dahmers moved to Bath, Ohio. Dahmer's insecurities grew after the move and his shyness kept him from having many friends. While his peers were busy listening to the latest songs, Dahmer was busy collecting road kill and stripping the animal carcasses and saving the bones.

A little creepy. I wonder how close this guy was to becoming a serial killer.

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

I just totalled my Tahoe last night when a big buck came out in front of me...should I call him up?

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A little creepy. I wonder how close this guy was to becoming a serial killer.
Had the same thought, this is a win for people everywhere.

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

I never knew or thought of such a thing untill now!! Don't know whether to applaud him or puke first..then applaud him!!

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Re: Man Survived on a Diet of ROADKILL for 30 Years

Although at first it sounds gross and disgusting, I think he is right. It's better than the factory farmed meat we all eat, because its natural. As long as he doesn't eat the rotting diseased stuff, and he's not going out killing the animals I think what he is doing makes sense.
Good for him. I would never go out and buy or kill rabbits for food, but if he offered me a roadkill rabbit I might be tempted.

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